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Collective Visioning Exercise 4

Published on July 13, 2020.

Dear Friends, Below please find Collective Visioning Exercise 4 from my book Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future.  I have updated the exercises to make them friendlier for online use.  I will be sharing them over the course of the next few weeks. If you would like to […]


Creating a Different Future: changing the world through community

Published on June 22, 2020.

In 2008, Linda Stout was planning her book, Collective Visioning. She saw a society driven by fear, disconnection and confronted with seemingly insurmountable problems: global warming, war, violence and a growing disparity between rich and poor. “The current popularity of many bestselling self-help books,” she mused, “reflects a population hungry for community, hope and positive […]


Collective Visioning Exercise 2

Published on June 22, 2020.

Dear Friends, Below please find Collective Visioning Exercise 2 from my book Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future.  I have updated the exercises to make them friendlier for online use.  I will be sharing them over the course of the next weeks. If you would like to receive […]


Collective Visioning Exercise 1

Published on June 16, 2020.

Dear Friends, Below please find Collective Visioning Exercise 1 from my book Collective Visioning: How Groups Can Work Together for a Just and Sustainable Future.  I have updated the exercises to make them friendlier for online use.  I will be sharing them over the course of the next weeks.  If you would like to receive […]


Stepping Stones – The Family Stories We Tell About Ourselves – Storytelling Part 3

Published on June 17, 2019.

This is the third part of a three-part series on storytelling and community organizing. I often tell people that while I grew up in poverty, I also grew up with wealth – a richness of many generations of my family history.  Unlike so many people who have had their family histories destroyed or lost through […]


Stepping Stones – After the KKK Attack – Storytelling Part 2

Published on June 11, 2019.

This is the second part of a three-part series on storytelling and community organizing. One of the things we work on in the storytelling workshop is how to make the first line capture the attention of the audience and the last line show the learning or moral of the story. I learned this lesson when I […]


Stepping Stones – Storytelling – Part 1

Published on June 4, 2019.

This is the first part of a three-part series on storytelling and community organizing. Indigenous communities have used stories for teaching and passing down information for thousands of years. Today, science is catching up and starting to understand the importance of storytelling.  Storytelling isn’t just a better way to connect with your audience:  It also […]


How do we sustain HOPE in times of crisis?

Published on September 20, 2016.

It’s really hard to have a positive outlook or hope with all that’s happening in the world today: political chaos, hate, violence, environmental disaster, and a list much too long to write here.  And worse, it seems that people are feeding off all this hatred and chaos and it continues to grow, taking over everything […]


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